The WOW! Women On Writing Summer 2011 Flash Fiction Contest awarded Lisa Honorable Mention for her short story Wherever I Land.
My first novel, REINVENTION, is complete (is it ever really complete?), and I have started writing a second one. I've got the bug! My Monday Morning! blog's 3rd Monday of the month features a post called On Writing. This post deals with my journey as I search for an agent and publishing deal.
After finishing my novel, which is a contemporary women's fiction, I enrolled in a month-long class on query & synopsis writing, and I thought my answer to a question posed in class summed up my writing journey.
Question: Why did you write this particular story?
Answer: At first, I wanted to show readers what the music industry is like behind the curtain. The unvarnished truth. So I made the protagonist, Sam Evans, a hit songwriter living in Los Angeles. Then I made her world collide with a young pop-music sensation, Angel Devoe. On purpose, I did not include concerts or an unrealistic one-song performance where an artist becomes an instant star. I wanted my novel to reflect the music industry's turbulent inner workings—the unheralded and unfamiliar world of songwriters, the A-type personalities inherent in the business that keep it flowing, the enormous pressures placed on an artist when they start to think for themselves, etc.
But in the end Sam Evans, not the music industry, stole my heart and stole the show. REINVENTION revolves around this complex, thirty-something, damaged, fierce woman as she struggles to become whole.